In Cyprus, you’ll find every kind of restaurant and eating from every part of the world. The cypriot kitchen resembles that of Greece, but with some distinct differences. One example is the Cypriot preference for mint, which means the the local tzatziki is different from the Greek variety. Another typically local dish is halloumi cheese, which is grilled or fried in oil and served as a starter. The locals prefer it with pita bread and a salad, if possible with a bit of lountza (grilled pork) on the side.
You should also try the local meze, small dishes that come in a bewildering array of flavours and textures. Start with a salad and taramosalata (fish roe mixed with potatoe and olive oil), or tzatziki. This is then followed by meat, fish, or perhaps a mixed meze, usually including different salads, octopus and grilled chops. The food usually comes on serving platters, and everyone serves themselves.
Restaurants in Protaras - On the main strip
Cafe Restaurant & Bar is chic and simple, kitted out in white just a splash of colour.Offering a comprehensive choice of Cafe style food, pastas, burgers, sandwiches, steaks and salads.
The "spicy" Raj Indian Restaurant in Protaras is a great place to go to enjoy Indian cuisine at its finest. Raj Indian Restaurant holds all the qualities needed to enjoy a fine dining experience including authentic Indian flavors and tastes, amazing choice of menu, friendly and personalized service as well as a lovely thematic atmosphere and reasonable prices.
Italian Restaurant is the ideal place to enjoy delicious and authentic Italian recipes. All Italian specialties offered by Marcello’s are prepared with the freshest and finest ingredients by expert chefs in the show kitchen! The wide choice of Italian dishes includes pizzas, pastas and risottos which combine perfectly with Italian wine. The large terrace, overlooking Protaras Avenue and the glistening blue sea, is perfect to enjoy an authentic Italian dining experience.
A traditional taverna in Sotira village (15 km from Protaras) in an old establishment. The Cypriot stone used to build it, the traditional arcs, the large garden and of course, the fantastic food make Mousikos a must-visit.
One has the option between a mini “meze” (quite standard with a lot of meat and starters), a maxi one (everything that one can imagine including fish and cooked food like “stifado”) or an a-la-carte selection included we surprisingly chose the mini one with some additions (wild asparagus with eggs and an extra salad). It is definitely worth mentioning that almost all the ingredients are from the owner’s farm, hence very fresh.
Restaurants in Ayia Napa
Should you fancy a juicy piece of meat, then this is the place to go. Steaks are waiting, together with a large choice of sauces and different potato dishes. Also international and Cypriot dishes. Always pleasant atmosphere and good service. Only open in the evening. Located in the centre of the old parts of Ayia Napa, close to the monastery.
In this restaurant, housed in the oldest building in Ayia Napa, you will meet Andreas and his family, owners of the restaurant since 1983. Enjoy an authentic meze complete with all the customary dishes. Located in the old part of Ayia Napa, on the road to Protaras/Paralimni.
Los Bandidos, has over the years served excellent Mexican food in their cozy and authentic restaurant where you can eat al fresco, surrounded by exotic plants and Mexican knick-knacks. Table booking is necessary. 2 Ari Velouchioti Street, in the old part of Ayia Napa, close to the central square.